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Tap into your imagination and have fun at home with these hands-on, creative activities from the i.d.e.a. Museum while we are on an intermission.

Yaffi and Daniel Lvova at Far Out: Our Solar System

Early Learning

Skill builders for little ones.

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Imagination

Enjoy writing and pretend play prompts.

design

Design

Promote building and tinkering with these activities.

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Experience

Reading, acting and other action activities.

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Art

Ideas for helping bring out your child’s creative side!

iArt Archives

Color Scavenger Hunt: Plant Edition

Color Scavenger Hunt: Plant Edition

Who doesn’t love plants? Plants provide us with food, clean air and beauty! We can find an entire spectrum of colors in the blooming spring desert. Use this science lesson today or any day to inquire about the plants around us - maybe try it Monday (April 10) during...

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Get crafty celebrating 50 years of Earth Day

Get crafty celebrating 50 years of Earth Day

Earth Day 2020 is almost here!  How will you celebrate on April 22? We love Earth Day at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Teaching about sustainability is part of our mission. Our staff works on a variety of activities that utilize recycled materials, and we have a dedicated...

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Egg-citing Spring Splat Art

Egg-citing Spring Splat Art

Save your eggshells for an egg-citing spring process-art activity the entire family can enjoy! You’ll fill shells with paint and toss them at a large piece of paper for some color splats that are just as fun to make as they are to admire. It’s messy outdoor fun for...

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Artful bird drawings

Artful bird drawings

It’s Draw a Bird Day on social media, and we’re taking a moment to connect to nature with a cooperative lesson that offers you an opportunity to unwind, make art and work together. Getting started First, some book recommendations: How to Draw a Picture of a Bird...

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DIY Foam Finger Paint

DIY Foam Finger Paint

If you’ve visited the museum, you‘ve likely had the opportunity to make art with our cool foam finger paint. Since not everyone has access to that in their own craft room, we decided to show you how to make your own with supplies you likely have around the house or...

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Mesa Recycles Craft: Bird in a Nest

Mesa Recycles Craft: Bird in a Nest

We love our partnership with Mesa Recycles, which brings in special crafts to the i.d.e.a. Museum Recyclery every month. The Mesa Recycles outreach team is sad that they couldn’t do this craft activity in person at the i.d.e.a Museum. However, we’ll have plenty of...

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Marble paper craft ideas

Marble paper craft ideas

For those of you who ventured to make your own marbled paper, this activity is a quick tutorial on some things you can make with it! This at-home idea comes from Gallery Educator Rebecca Cameron, one of several talented team members at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Gallery...

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At home: Wildflowers

At home: Wildflowers

We’re taking you back to our exhibition - Sonoran Safari. This beautiful activity is a great way to talk about how beautiful nature is and learn a little about the Sonoran Desert‘s wildflowers. (Pictured above: Poppies) We get to enjoy a variety of color from...

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4 tips for writing poetry

4 tips for writing poetry

It’s International Children’s Book Day. So why are we suggesting poetry? This special day is tied to Hans Christian Andersen (click link to read short biography), who was not only known as a children’s book and fairytale writer, but also a poet. So we asked local...

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Making marble paper

Making marble paper

If you’re interested in creating some totally unique drawing paper that’s simple and a little messy, this is the craft for you. Follow along with the video below to learn how to create your own colorful marbled paper using a few supplies you probably already have...

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There’s Fireworks in Your Milk

There’s Fireworks in Your Milk

Change up your morning routine on April Fools' Day with a little colorful fun. This experiment with milk will be a blast for your kids! And they can get a mini science lesson about surface tension and liquids, should you please. You can do this before they come out...

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Desert Writing Activity

Desert Writing Activity

Have you ever seen a cactus that looks like a person? Do you ever wonder if the plants come alive at night? What would the cacti do at night? While the weather is great for searching for saguaros near you (keeping social distancing in mind), you can also get on your...

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